A Self-Directed Learning Model For 21st Century Learners

A Self-Directed Learning Model For 21st Century Learners by Terry Heick

A Self-Directed Learning Model For 21st Century Learners
by Terry Heick

The above (left) is the latest draft of our self-directed learning framework, version 1.1.

It is based, in spirit, on our Inside-Out School: A 21st Century Learning Model. It is intended to function as a guide for students–likely with the support and facilitation of teachers, parents, and mentors–to help students become expert learners.

The goal of the model isn’t content knowledge (though it should produce that), but rather something closer to wisdom–learning how to learn, understanding what’s worth understanding, and perhaps most importantly, analyzing the purpose of learning (e.g., personal and social change). It also encourages the student to examine the relationship between study and work–an authentic “need to know” with important abstractions like citizenship and legacy.

It is therefore built around the central concept of self-knowledge–better understanding one’s self, and using work and study to inform one’s interactions with the world. It sounds very hippie, we know, but that’s part of the reason it exists–to offer an alternative to standards and content-focused and institutionally-centered “delivery” of information.

Application: Teachers and learners in grades 6-12+

The Context Of This Model

The theory here is that the 21st century is characterized by access, networks, digital media, and connectivity, which immediately dates old learning models and focuses.

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